America World is heartbroken to share the news that Ethiopia’s parliament has voted to officially end intercountry adoption. After abundant years of support of intercountry adoption and thousands of adoptions, we are deeply saddened by this change in the law.
The news of the change was only posted last night in Ethiopia and at this time we are working to gather additional information about the implementation and impact of this law. What we do know is that this new law will prevent children in great need of permanency the opportunity to be adopted by a family abroad. We wish intercountry adoption with Ethiopia was ending due to a lack of need and progress in alternative options, unfortunately, we know the opposite to be true.
We would ask that you please join with us in prayer for the country of Ethiopia and their vulnerable children. This change will be devastating to the children in need of families. America World has made all clients aware of this news and is working with the families who are currently in-process to adopt from Ethiopia.